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2011 ACJS Outstanding Book Award

An unprecedented look at college women's risks of and experiences with sexual victimization

Unsafe in the Ivory Tower examines the nature and dimensions of a salient social problem—the sexual victimization of female college students today, and how women respond when they are, in fact, sexually victimized. The authors discuss the research that scholars have conducted to illuminate the origins and extent of this controversial issue as well as what can be done to prevent it. Students and other interested readers learn about the nature of victimization while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the ways in which criminologists, victimologists, and social scientists conduct research that informs theory and policy debates.

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Provides detailed information about sexual victimization on college campuses today; Introduces broad lessons ...

It Happened Again: Sexual Revictimization
It happened again: Sexual revictimization

Following a victimization, it might be expected that victims would become more vigilant and take precautionary steps to ensure that they remained safe from crime. If that were so, revictimization would be a rare event and, in any case, victims would experience reduced risk of experiencing subsequent criminal events. As it turns out, however, this commonsense deduction proves to be misleading. Especially in the 1990s, research was undertaken that demonstrated that revictimization—sometimes also called repeat victimization—was commonplace (Farrell, 1992; Farrell, Phillips, & Pease, 1995). As Skogan observed, “the most important criminological insight of the decade has been the discovery in a very systematic fashion of repeat multiple victimization” (cited in Brady, 1996, p. 3). Beyond its ...

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